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Dragon Hack

Blasphemy Online, Book 1
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Series: Blasphemy Online, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
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Richard Royal has a hard life.

He lives in a corrupt, church-controlled dystopia, his family is soon broken, and the only joy to be had comes from the escapism of his full-immersion gaming. 

Introduced to a new and very illegal game, he finds himself in the body of a dragon, on a quest to find a dark and evil power to serve. But the game is more than it seems, and the dragon is more than a beast. Soon Rich's life is far, far more complicated than he ever expected. And the threats against him grow, both in-game and in realspace. 

There is no path that will not lead to blasphemy. And the dark secrets revealed will change two worlds, before all is done.... 

A new litrpg saga, set in Threadbare's world of Generica Online.

©2019 Andrew Seiple (P)2020 Podium Audio

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  • R.C.
  • 13-06-2020

Too Convoluted

There's just too many convoluted tropes, even for a LitRPG. The concept of having the videogame that's actually a parallel world and humans are inhabiting immortal like game characters is already an interesting story by itself. Then add in that the MC is switching bodies with a real dragon who inhabits his body while he's running around as a dragon is pretty interesting... THEN add in the long background story with an abusive father, poor upbringing, and a mother who gets sent off to an indeterminate camp....... THEN throw into the mix a government/dictatorship that is overly controlling with hardcore religious fanatics. Don't forget about an underground-railroad/resistance, and you are left with a 12-hour long story that has way too much going on.

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  • Ohtochooseaname
  • 05-06-2020

The start of the Threadbearverse!

This story goes back to the origins of the Threadbear world. It is well-written, humorous, and a thoroughly enjoyable tale, though it has a bit of a more serious side as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will certainly get the next book in this series, if there is one.

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  • Ben
  • 10-07-2020

good but the characters suffered from dumb

it was a fun book but the characters had trouble acting optimally in the situations they were placed in. A lot of the authors worldview leaked through and those were the weakest parts

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  • Wolves_Rain
  • 20-06-2020

Very Good Book

Narrator was really good. The story was great. Couldn't stop listening. Can't wait for book 2

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-2020

Pacing and DIssassociation

The story takes way too long to set up and doesn't have any constant direction. I'm honestly disappointed because after listening to Threadbare, I feel Andrew Seiple didn't put enough concern in how good this book could be. I could feel a great story being dragged along and see an MC fractured for the sake of a crappy twist.

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  • Waggs Wolf
  • 10-10-2020

One of the best LitRPGs out there!

I didn't sleep until I'd finished this one from begging to end. This story was excellent, entertaining, and with all too real aspects of dysfunction that plague some areas of our real world. There are a number of people who might take offense because how close the real world gets to some of the dystopia seen in the book given the "it can't happen here" belief, but that is letting some reader's current political attitudes color what is clearly a great series. Admittedly it's easy to forget that this world has been going off the rails long before the story starts, but there's far more reality in the "meatspace" than it appears of you know your history. Regardless of opinion, the backdrop is easily on par with Ready Player One's at least. I picked up this series because I read lots of LitRPG and was scraping the bottom of the barrel again, but this was a true hidden gem. I will be getting the complete kindle series as well as any audible copies that become available. This really is going to be once of my favorite series, I can tell. Nick Podehl was an excellent choice for narrator, as usual.

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  • Zachary
  • 12-09-2020

Stop! Read the Small Medium trilogy first

I know it sounds strange, but I actually recommend reading the three trilogies in reverse chronological order (i.e. Small Medium, then Threadbear, then Blasphemy Online - Small Medium lightly references Threadbear, so you feel like you are dropping into a place you've vaguely heard of and been intrigued, and both trilogies reference the Crash/Change/Fall, so you're interest is piqued when you realize this book is set BEFORE that happens and you will get a front-row seat. If you read them in chronological order, it won't be as fun, I think, because each new trilogy will be in a new land with new characters and very little idea of learning more about something you're already intrigued by. This is a fun look into the beginning of Generica Online, and it has the same sort of clever world building and engaging characters we have come to expect from this author. Fans of Lovecraft will particularly enjoy the many nods to eldritch horror. I also liked the mashup of eldritch and computer speak - LDAP Sign, Haskell, the Yellow Icon, etc. The larger mystery of how the Change happened is yet to be solved, but that just leaves us salivating for the next book in the series; the main characters' tale is nicely self-contained. Fingers crossed we will meet some of the players and at least some references to the NPCs we have come to know and love from the other books, but even if not, it should be great. One other thing: I wish they had gotten the same reader for this series as the other two - this guy is pretty damn good, with all the right skills, but the other dude was absolutely magical and I miss his hyper-expansive Game-announcements voice. Oh well; like I said, this guy is still pretty good, and maybe Richard and Ruttgeroyal wouldn't have sounded as "right" coming from anyone else (also, this guy is really good at girl voices, which is a hard trick for a guy to pull off).

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  • Christopher
  • 05-09-2020

looking forward to book 2

Hope the dragon stays a dragon in the next book. The best books I've heard in awhile. Flow the story was excellent.

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  • swyrlgirl
  • 24-07-2020

Generica Rules!

Love this series and all the Generica Trilogies! High re-readability and well written and performed. Next please!

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  • chris
  • 05-07-2020

I LOVE THIS BOOK !!!

This book is so good it's filled with so many great parts and the author has a way of creating these unexpected wonderful climactic points without a lot of tedious suspense.You really build a connection to the characters in the story. The author is so talented at bringing them to life and making you care about their success.